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December 31, 2012
10:34 EDTDRI, YUM, DNKN, EAT, PNRA, MCD, CAKE, DPZ, CMG, WENNational Restaurant Association’s November RPI rose to 99.9
The National Restaurant Association announced its Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, rose in November to 99.9. The RPI consists of two components - the Current Situation Index and the Expectations Index - and tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry. The Current Situation Index stood at 99.8 in November – up 0.6 percent from 99.3 in October. Although restaurant operators reported net positive sales and traffic results in November, softness in the labor and capital spending indicators outweighed the performance, resulting in a Current Situation Index reading below 100 for the fourth time in the last five months. The Expectations Index stood at 100.0 in November – up 0.4 percent from October. Although November was an improvement over October’s reading of 99.7, it still signals that restaurant operators are uncertain about the business environment in the months ahead.
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November 19, 2014
05:44 EDTMCDStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD KO
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November 18, 2014
16:46 EDTDRIDarden up 2% following restructuring announcement
16:45 EDTDRIDarden to incur one-time charges in 2Q15
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16:43 EDTDRIDarden to clsoe corporate aviation departement, sell planes 'in due course'
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16:43 EDTDRIDarden to restructure Olive Garden, LongHorn field leadership
Darden will eliminate one layer of field operations supervision to provide greater line of sight for restaurant leadership teams. This streamlining is expected to result in improvements in both visibility and accountability as the brand leaders at Olive Garden and LongHorn continue to work on improving the guest experience.
16:41 EDTDRIDarden to eliminate 25 open support positions
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16:40 EDTDRIDarden Chief Human Resources Officer Ng to transition from position
Daisy Ng, Chief Human Resources Officer, will transition out of her role after more than nine years with Darden. Danielle Kirgan, currently SVP, Human Resources, Specialty Restaurant Group and Total Rewards, will assume Ng's position effective January 5, 2015. Ng will assist in the transition and support the work of the board including the work of the Compensation Committee.
16:39 EDTDRIDarden CFO Richmond to retire
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16:37 EDTDRIDarden announces restructuring, strategic actions
Darden Restaurants announced several leadership changes and strategic actions in order to increase the focus on restaurant operations and improve the guest experience. These changes will better position Darden to win the battle for market share across all of its concepts. In addition to improving focus and providing better support for the company's restaurants, the announcement will lead to approximately $20M in annualized cost savings through a reduction in General and Administrative expenses. The company expects savings of approximately $10M this fiscal year which will mitigate anticipated near-term cost increases in dairy, beef and other commodities. Darden Interim CEO Gene Lee stated, "Winning market share, improving same-restaurant-sales and achieving best-in-class profitability are our key operational objectives going forward, so we need to fine-tune our approach to the business to make sure we are laser-focused on these initiatives. The actions announced today are critically important steps in becoming more efficient in how we support the restaurants. This includes limiting the number of distractions that divert our attention from what matters most – continually working to improve the food and service we offer our guests."
16:35 EDTDRIDarden reports restructuring, closes aviation department, CFO retirement
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11:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's January calls active
McDonald's January 95 calls are active on total call volume of 7700 contracts compared to its open interest of one contract. November call option implied volatility is at 16, December is at 15, January is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
07:30 EDTCAKEMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTMCDNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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12:58 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:35 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Strong Buy at Tigress Financial
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10:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's up 2% after activist JANA reports new stake
Shares of McDonald's are up after 1% after activist investor JANA Partners reported a new 842K share stake in the fast food giant. JANA this morning disclosed its quarterly holdings as of September 30 to the SEC. The stake was acquired between June 30 and September 30 of this year. Shares of McDonald's are up 2%, or $1.63, to $97.11 in early trading.
09:38 EDTMCDJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:37 EDTMCDJANA reports new stakes in McDonald's, AECOM, Amgen
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November 13, 2014
08:35 EDTDRIDarden announces corporate governance reforms
Darden Restaurants is implementing a number of reforms and the board has also recommended changes that would require shareholder approval at the company's 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The changes include, but are not limited to: termination of the company's Shareholder Rights Plan – the company has eliminated the Poison Pill by amending the Rights Agreement to expire on November 28, 2014 rather than May 25, 2015; the company has adopted a majority voting standard in uncontested elections; the company has amended its political engagement and disclosure policy to provide additional disclosure of its political contributions and lobbying efforts; the board has resolved to recommend for shareholder approval, at the company's next annual meeting, an amendment to the Charter to provide a 10% voting threshold to call a special meeting; the board has recommended for shareholder approval an amendment to the relevant provisions of the Charter to eliminate the supermajority requirement. The board also adopted a revised peer group for compensation benchmarking, which better matches the company's size and profile. This new peer group will assist the board in further aligning compensation practices with shareholder interests.
November 12, 2014
16:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's to enter Kazakhstan in 2015
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